We had a wonderful and blessed Pancha Ganapati in the home of Aravindraj and Renu Chandrasekaran on December 25. Here, fellow devotees arrive bright and early in anticipation.
We decorated the altar in the living room and tried to make it look a bit like a jungle with banana trees, sugarcane and mango leaves.
On Pancha Ganapati Day 2, we had a pleasant surprise when relatives from India had brought a beautiful Ganesha statue into our home. It was such an adorable looking Ganesha that we just had to get it blessed and include it in our puja on the 25th of December. Thank you so much for the wonderful gift!
We put the new Ganesha statue at the altar, surrounded with all the gifts that are going to be given to the children.
We had about 60 people in attendance. Here, after the puja, everyone receives Lord Ganesha’s blessings.
Bhajans led by Kulapati Dhasan enlivened the atmosphere. This was followed by a short explanation about Pancha Ganapati, as there were many people who had never heard of Pancha Ganapati before. Then it was game time for children, and everyone got a gift…
…including the big children!
And who else but Ganesha Himself came to give out the gifts to everyone! Three-year-old Jagatheeshwar is up to the challenging task of playing Ganesha.
Everyone had a great time. Thank you, Ganesha, for giving us this opportunity to share your abundant blessings with everyone. Jai Ganesha! Jai Kailasa Parampara!
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.